The Anti-Cancer Benefits of Curcumin

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Along with ginger and garlic, curcumin is one of my favorite herbs to prevent and even treat health problems naturally.

This potent herb does not only have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which in at by itself is worth taking, but it also has anti-cancer abilities.

I am not exaggerating.

Now, to be clear, I am not saying just taking curcumin that will cure cancer. It’s not that simple.

But taking ample amounts of this botanical should be part of any anti-cancer arsenal.

That is why when I formulated ImmunoPCTN, it was a no-brainer to add ample amounts of curcumin to the formula.

What is Curcumin

Curcumin is a component in the Indian spice turmeric, and it’s a cousin of ginger – another highly protective herb. Curcumin causes the yellow color in your curry dish. Tumeric is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). Turmeric’s other two curcuminoids are desmethoxycurcumin and bis-desmethoxycurcumin. Ideally, when consuming curcuminoids, you would want all three health-promoting curcuminoids: curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, and dimethoxy curcumin. I know, it’s getting a little technical, but the bottom line is to get enough of this yellow staining compound from spicing your food and from supplementation.

There are over three hundred research papers suggesting curcumin’s protective effects against prostate cancer and more than to four thousand scientific documents showing its inhibitory results against almost all cancer.

While curcumin can be consumed in food, I recommend have my patients take additional curcumin daily from dietary supplements.

How curcumin protects Prostate cells

Chronic inflammation can cause all kinds of health problems in men from heart disease to certain cancers. Regarding prostate cancer, however, chronic inflammation elevates PSA in the prostate gland, which can build up and eventually leads to tumor formation. A clinical trial examined the effect of curcumin on men and showed a drop in PSA numbers.

Curcumin does not falsely lower PSA. In other words, prostate cancer is not hidden while PSA lowers when taking this herg.

How Curcumin protects against prostate cells

Curcumin protects prostate cells (and breast cells) by slowing down the overproduction of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines.

A particular molecule in the body that promotes cytokine production is Nuclear Kappa Factor –b (NFkB). This ancient yellow spice has shown to inhibit progression of excess prostate cell replication by interrupting the action of NFkB in mice.

Curcumin is an excellent herb to take during radiation therapy for cancer.

That’s right. Curcumin actually helps destroy cancer cells during radiation treatment. This is a big deal because virtually all radiation oncologists would recommend against taking supplements during radiation treatment. This recommendation is based on the flawed theory that anti-oxidant supplements are taken during radiation treatment, it may protect cancer cells from the radiation treatment.

But now we know that curcumin makes cancer cells more radiosensitive to radiation therapy. Indeed, taking curcumin can help cancer cells be more vulnerable to radiation therapy.

Lastly, Curcumin has shown to stop spreading of aberrant prostate cells in the body.

The Takeaway on Curcumin and Prostate cells

Here’s the bottom line: spices of all kinds should be consumed daily with food. The scientific community now realizes that the best pharmacy is indeed in the kitchen. Rosemary, Oregano, garlic, turmeric all have anti-cancer properties.

Smart and judicious use of dietary supplements should be an essential part of any health routine if the interest is in preventing or slowing the development of abnormal prostate and breast cells.

Optimal amounts ranges of curcumin vary from 400mg to 4000mg a day. Science daily has suggested up 8 grams a day (8000mg) is safe. Typically, the more aggressive the health challenge, the more curcumin should be consumed.

I consume about 1000 to 2000 mg curcumin from this formula for maximal protection, reduce soreness from workouts and for prostate health. And you should too.

 

 

 

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by Dr. Geo

11 comments… add one
  • Selene Kranz 05/18/2018, 8:53 AM

    Another informative post! Thank you…

    Two questions – given the abundance of curcumin in Indian food, is there a marked difference in cancer rates among those who consume that diet as compared to a healthy diet without an abundance of the spice?
    I read that curcumin can crystalize and cause kidney stones in some individuals. Are you familiar with that research, and could the risk be minimized by simply drinking more fluids? Thank you!

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    • Dr. Geo 05/18/2018, 9:34 AM

      Hi Selena, consuming Indian food spiced with Tumeric is helpful, although I am not sure is dose-dependent. In other words, I don’t know how much turmeric needs to be eaten to gain the benefits. That is why I like curcumin supplementation where it can be measured. I am not familiar with the association of curcumin with kidney stones. Clinically, I have never seen it. In fact, I have many stone formers on curcumin with no problems.

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  • Vince 05/18/2018, 10:25 AM

    Is organic turmeric powder just as effective as the turmeric root?

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    • Dr. Geo 05/18/2018, 10:33 AM

      All commercially available turmeric powders come from turmeric root, as best as I know Vince.

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  • James M. Wheeler 05/19/2018, 7:28 PM

    Dr. Geo, What dosage of vitamin D would you recommend daily for prostate cancer?

    Thank you

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    • Dr. Geo 05/19/2018, 8:47 PM

      Typically, 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day. Your blood levels should be between 40 to 60 ng/dl.

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  • tim williams 05/20/2018, 11:59 AM

    I was diagnosed about 3 months ago (biopsy). I’ve been consuming “golden-milk” as a bedtime toddy, most nights for about 2 years. Hard to say where I’d be if I hadn’t. But I wonder how much turmeric is necessary to provide 1-2K mcg of curcumin? My toddy contains about 1 tbls. and a dash of black pepper, in warm, unsweetened almond milk. I’ve recently been adding a little ginger too. Improves the taste if nothing else.
    Is this / has this been protective? I can say, that for a 62 year old, I don’t have many inflammation issues or general “pains” as I once had – but then I’m not as hard on my body as I once was. I’d add, though a vegetarian and generally eat well, few sweets no meats. But for a bottle of red wine a day being my one major flaw. Since I’ve known no genetic disposition I’ve suspected that was my worst offender.

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  • Sonia 05/29/2018, 8:56 AM

    Curcumin is susceptible to economically motivated adulteration. We should buy curcumin supplements from companies with stringent quality control procedures.

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  • Alan 06/01/2018, 10:02 AM

    Excellent blog! I have read about curcumin for over a year and try to incorporate it into meals and am looking into the supplement. For the thousands of us who don’t have the opportunity to get to the CaPLESS talk it would be great if you could offer videos of them on dvd or some other way. Thanks for your book, it is helpful to go over the concepts in it.

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    • Dr. Geo 06/01/2018, 10:18 AM

      Great idea with the video, Alan. It’s in the works. Be well.

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